**** DONE: 1/48 Hawk H-81-A-2, AVG - Aircraft in Foreign Service WWII

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  1. T Bolt

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    #1 T Bolt, Nov 13, 2013
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    American Volunteer Group (Flying Tigers) 3rd Squadron (Hells Angels) White 68 Flown by Chuck Older, Rangoon Burma, 1941

    User Name: T Bolt
    Name: Glenn
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    Kit: Academy (ex Hobbycraft) Curtiss P-40C
    Scale: 1/48th
    Accessories: True Details resin wheels, Sky Models decals

    I wanted to do a Flying Tigers 3rd squadron bird and with the Sky decal sheet I had a number of choices. It came down to R.T. Smith’s 77 or Chuck Older’s 68, but in the end I chose Older’s mount because there is a plethora of photos of it out there, many of them color.

    Charles H. Older was the third highest scoring AVG ace with 10.25 victories (Later increased to 18 when he returned to china later in the war with the 23rd FG) One very interesting fact I found out while researching was that after the war, having completed law school and becoming a lawyer, he was appointed as a Judge by then Governor of California Ronald Reagan, and was the judge that tried the Charles Manson mass murder case, sentencing Manson and his followers to death. This unfortunately didn’t happen due to the California death penalty being overturned.

    Here’s a few pictures. That’s actually R.T. Smith leaning on the wing in the third picture but it was too nice of a shot of #68 to pass up.
     

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    Seems like the P-40's flown by the AVG in China are pretty popular in this GB. Good luck with this one, Glenn. (Yea... it's stuck)

    Charles
     
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    Nice one Glenn and another from that group of worthy fellows who served with the 'Flying Tiger's'.
     
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    Looking forward to this Glenn.
     
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    Bewdy Glenn!
     
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    With all. :thumbright:
     
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    Nice!
    Now all we need is an entry for the 2nd squadron and we will have the AVG well represented.
    Any takers?
     
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    Looking forward to your build Glenn.
     
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    You know Paul, I have the decals for Tex Hill's mount on the Sky decal sheet, and another P-40C in the stash, so you never know.....

    Here's the kit and the extra bits. The kit is based on the Hobbycraft P-39 kit. The first and second sprues are new for the P-40C while the third one still has a lot of the P-36 parts on it.

    The decals are the kit supplied ones and the ones for this aircraft from the Sky sheet. I will probably be using a combination of both of them. Pictures of the starboard side of Olders bird show it had a Hells Angel there too so I will need the Academy one for that at least, even though the quality of it isn't nearly as good.
     

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    I've a feeling this is going to be another of your prize builds Glenn.
     
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    I started in on it last night and got quite a bit done.

    1) Did come modifications to the kit parts. The sides of the seat were thinned down, a fillet piece with lightening holes added to the corner between the seat bottom and back and grooves added to the back. Also added the armor plate to the rear bulkhead with brackets.
    2) The same parts painted after the dark wash. The seat frame was also modified to look more like the real thing by adding the two bent braces at the top which were made from copper wire.
    3) The seat painted and test fitted
    4) Cockpit sides painted. The sill was way too thick so I thinned it down which tool off the canopy crank so I made another one from bits if plastic
    5) The fuselage halves assembled.
     

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    Nice mods Glenn.

    Geo
     
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    My that was quick Glenn, you'll be done in no time at this rate. Nice bit of cockpit detail work as well.
     
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    Just a quick update. I finished the control panel, but unfortunately wile adding the butts of the .50's to the part it mounts to, the part when flying and could not be found, so I'll have to attach the panel in some other way.
     

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    Good panel though...
     
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    We find why our brain is bugger than Homer Simpson's all to often eh?

    Did new digital art for y6our arrows, and they are off to the printer mate.
     
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    Thanks Bill
     
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